Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine [18 VAC 150 ‑ 20]
Prescribing of opioids
Action 4808
General Information
Action Summary Emergency regulations for veterinarians prescribing of controlled substances containing opioids are being promulgated as emergency regulations to address the opioid abuse crisis in Virginia. Regulations for the management of acute pain include requirements for the evaluation of the patient, limitations on quantity and dosage, and record-keeping. Regulations provide requirements for prescribing an opioid beyond 14 days for chronic pain and certain chronic conditions, and allow for prescribing of buprenorphine in a dosage, quantity, and formulation appropriate for an animal species and size. Finally, there are requirements for continuation of treatment and for the content of the medical record.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005103]
Associated Mandates Prescribing of buprenorphine
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7915 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation superseded by final permanent regulation.
8041 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/09/2018.
8240 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/08/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelli Moss  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4133    FAX: (804)767-1011    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.